A middle class American kid who marched with Martin Luther King when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, I got wounded in Vietnam and came home with a thousand stories. The war gave me a bone-deep understanding of why honor and integrity are life-and-death concerns. An Ohio native, I completed my doctorate in American History with a study of McCarthyism and Republican politics. Smartest thing I ever did was marry Judith Speizer Crandell, my best friend and a terrific writer. I’ve had a marvelous life, and I’m still at it.